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Group hits Obama over fuel mandate in ads
Biofuels group Fuels America is launching an ad campaign in Washington, D.C., targeting President Obama over the administration's proposed renewable fuel mandate.
October 23, 2014 – The Hill

McCarthy: GOP will build off highway, port funding bills
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said Wednesday that Republicans would build off a 2012 highway funding and 2014 port spending measure to implement more reforms of government programs if they maintain the majority of the House in next month's elections.
October 22, 2014 – The Hill

FCC ruling may pave way for better cell coverage in rural America
A decision by the Federal Communications Commission may further efforts to bridge the gap between urban and rural America.
October 20, 2014 – AgriPulse

US Transpo. Secretary sees lame duck session as opportunity
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx recently commented to American University Radio (WAMU 88.5) that the imminent lame duck session of the U.S. Congress is an ample opportunity for a dynamic funding bill to be passed, effectively precluding the Highway Trust Fund from insolvency.
October 17, 2014 – Roads & Bridges

Gov. Scott Walker considers replacing Wisconsin's gas tax
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is considering replacing the state's gasoline tax with a sales tax on gas and alternative vehicle fuel sources to stabilize long-term transportation funding.
October 16, 2014 – Better Roads

California to test feasibility of mileage tax
California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation into law that will allow the state to implement a pilot program to test whether charging a road usage fee - or mileage-based tax - could effectively replace fuel taxes as the primary means to fund highways and road projects.
October 15, 2014 – Better Roads

Boxer urges House Ways & Means Committee to save Highway Trust Fund
Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee has made it clear that saving the Highway Trust Fund is among her top priorities.
October 14, 2014 – Better Roads

Transportation funding measure in Texas has lawmakers on edge
On Nov. 4, Texas residents will decide whether to approve a state constitutional amendment known as Proposition 1, which would effectively earmark monies derived from oil and gas production taxes for a transportation fund aimed at bolstering the state's cash-poor department of transportation.
October 9, 2014 – Roads & Bridges

IRS chief warns of delays if Congress fails to act on tax extenders
Congressional inaction and continued uncertainty about a package of more than 50 tax extenders could complicate the 2015 tax filing season and force the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to postpone the opening on the 2015 filing season, warned IRS Commissioner John Koskinen in a recent letter to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden, D-Ore.
October 7, 2014 – AgriPulse

A strong GOP push in November could ignite plans for long-term highway bill
If the Republicans have a successful November, a long-term highway bill might not be far behind.
October 7, 2014 – Roads & Bridges

Illinois senator wants highway earmarks to return
Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin wants Congress to start using a bad word again-earmarks.Speaking with the editorial board of Arlington Heights-based newspaper the Daily Herald, Durbin said the only way Congress will pass a long-term highway bill is to allow lawmakers to earmark projects.
October 2, 2014 – Roads & Bridges

Transportation Construction Coalition Warns of Trust Fund Crisis
With October 1 marking the beginning of fiscal year 2015, the 31-member organization Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC) urged Congress to find a way to pay for, and pass, a new long-term surface transportation measure as soon as possible.
October 2, 2014 – Construction Equipment

Advocates mark last gas tax hike anniversary
Transportation advocates marked the 21st anniversary of the last increase in the federal gas tax on Wednesday as they lamented the lack of movement in the levy that is used to pay for infrastructure improvements in recent years.
October 1, 2014 – The Hill

Tax reform, highway bill 'doable,' Boehner says
Tax reform legislation and a long-term highway bill "are in the realm of doable" during President Obama's final two years in office, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Sunday.
September 28, 2014 – The Hill

Two pro-infrastructure efforts meet at Case
Two efforts to stimulate America's spending on its infrastructure met at the Case Equipment headquarters here Friday.
September 26, 2014 –

Bad U.S. roads force "just in time" manufacturers to plan for 'just in case'
Some of America's leanest manufacturers share a fat secret.Companies like Whirlpool and Caterpillar are making costly additions to their otherwise sinewy supply chains to compensate for aging U.S. roads that are too potholed and congested for "just in time" delivery.
September 25, 2014 – Reuters

NAM Study Details Economic Benefits of Infrastructure Investment
A new study commissioned by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and conducted by Inforum at the University of Maryland offers a view into the economic benefits the U.S. economy would reap with a more concerted effort to address the nation's infrastructure needs.
September 24, 2014 – Rock Products

Foxx pushes transportation investment
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx met with local leaders and road builders Wednesday in West Salem to offer updates on work at the federal level and to stress the importance of long-term infrastructure investments.
September 24, 2014 –

Report: Infrastructure investment will boost jobs, growth and wages
Boosting long-term investment for the nation's aging infrastructure will grow jobs, the economy and wages, a new study showed on Tuesday.
September 23, 2014 – The Hill

New bill offers additional 10 weeks of federal transportation funding
State departments of transportation will receive an additional 10 weeks of funding for surface transportation projects following Congressional approval of a new short-term continuing resolution last week.
September 22, 2014 – Roads & Bridges

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